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the pentagon. what is at stake if congress does not avoid billion dollar budget cuts. >> we are seeing lake effect snow showers downwind of the great lakes. cold weather and an active weather is here to stay. live look outdoors with clouds in place. >> grim warnings from the pentagon this afternoon. massive furloughs are pending for civilian employees if lawmakers don't avoid the sequester. with just nine days left, the president is continuing his own plea for negotiations. >> the fight over $1.20 trillion over across the board spending cuts is raging on even with lawmakers out of town. today it is the pentagon's turn to warn congress did more than 700,000 civilian employees would take one day off a week without pay. yesterday president obama blamed republicans for holding up a deal. he was surrounded at the white house by emergency responders that the president said could lose their jobs. >> these cuts are not smart, not fair, they will hurt our economy. >> the president wants to replace the cuts with revenue. house speaker john boehner say the revenue debate is closed. >> republicans are
. just nine days until $85 billion in federal spending cuts could go into effect. the pentagon said if that happens, the have the majority of the 800,000 civilian workers would have to be furloughed. >> this is one of the most distasteful tasks i will face. >> reporter: they will lose one day of work each week for 22 weeks, a also of 20% of their pay. military personnel would be exempted. pentagon officials warn even though the civilian workforce will take the direct hit -- >> the associated furloughs will impact our war fighters, our veterans and family mem tbhers untold ways. >> reporter: lawmakers voted to delay it by two months as part of that last-minute deal at new year's but that set up another deadline. if congress doesn't act by march 1st, $85 billion in spending cuts did into effect all at once. it would also mean tsa agents are furloughed, so expect longer lines at airport security. 1,000 law enforcement agents forced off the job. 70,000 preschoolers dropped from their head start program. 80% of the pentagon civilian workforce is based outside of the washington area. virg
numbers on our website, wbaltv.com. >> a major announcement from the pentagon. secretary leon panetta warned congress that hundreds of thousands of civilian workers could be furloughed and soon. >> if a series of automatic spending cuts hit next week. nikole killion has details. >> if these furloughs going to affect it would mean forced time off and less pay. at the pentagon a sobering announcement. >> we feel we do not have any choice but to impose furloughs. we would much prefer not to do it. >> officials laid out their plans to furlough 800,000 workers if automatic spending cuts known as sequestration go into effect march 1. >> the furloughs are enacted civilians were -- will experience a 20% decrease in their pay between late april and september. as a result, many families will be forced to make difficult decisions. >> in a letter to john boehner, leon panetta warned their deductions would put us on a pass to a hollow force. and john kerry said the fiscal impact threatens america's credibility. >> there is nothing in this current budget fight that requires us to make bad decisions
for the department of defense, an estimated 700,000 would be furloughed for one day a week. according to the pentagon's chief budget officer robert hale, that would save between $4 and $5 billion. but it would all come out of people's paychecks. >> we feel we don't have any choice but to impose furloughs even though we would much prefer not to do it. frankly, this is within of the least -- the most distasteful tasks i have faced in my four years in this job. >> reporter: department of defense civilians run training range where navy pilots practice strafing runs. they manage the flow of supplies to troops in afghanistan, overhaul army tanks and provide medical care for everybody from wounded warriors to retirees. laying them off for one day a week would not cripple national defense, but it would, said jessica wright, the pentagon's head of personnel, be an economic catastrophe for their families. >> if furloughs are enacted, civilians will experience a 20% decrease in their pay between late april and september. >> reporter: even then, the pentagon would still have to find another $41 billion in saving
for their kids. >> today, pentagon officials said furloughs among their civilian employees would not start until late april. as for daycare -- >> how do you back up tens of thousands of parents will search for child care immediately >> look, whether that search begins on march 1 or in the near future, the impact on the economy and on people's lives is real. >> indeed, defense officials also said today especially if it did not start right away, not only will the jobs be furloughed, all civilian pay will be cut by 20%. one reason white house aides say they have the upper hand over speaker john boehner and the conservatives seem to agree. boehner had an op-ed blasting the president for not coming up with a solution. the republican declared the cuts will be deep writing a week from now, a dramatic new federal policy is set to go in to effect that threatens the u.s. national security. thousands of jobs and more. conservative journalist byron york responding to the op-ed noting that boehner has uncomfortable position. adding why would boehner adopt the democratic description of the cut as deep when it
only 9 days left to stop the automatic across- the-board spending cuts. that's why the pentagon is expected to announce a plan to furlough nearly 800,000 civilian employees one day each week beginning in april. that's essentially a 20% pay cut. federal law requires the pentagon to warn congress of furloughs at least 45 days in advance. exceptions here will include political appointees and people whose job functions are considered necessary to protect life and property. but some d.o.d. civilian firefighters, police officers, nurses and other emergency workers could still be furloughed. if these furloughs go on for some time, they'll add up to around a month of lost pay by the end of september. warnings are going out about the possible impact of these cutses on our local and national economies. the. spoke out yesterday and local leaders are figuring out exactly what's at stake. >> montgomery county alone in terms of this tax base, each day based on our estimates is a possibly $500,000. >> ten days of furloughs equal $120 million in lost income in federal employees for the county.
the pentagon is taking regarding the looming sequestration. more than 700,000 employees could be forced to take one day off a week without pay. that's equivalent to a 20% pay cut. the furlough notices would likely be sent out late next month. the furloughs would actually begin in late april. government workers may be forced to take furloughs, but thousands of nongovernment workers in our area will also feel the impact of sequestration. private businesses are being warned to peep prepare for the effect billions of dollars will have on their bottom lines. it could be a serious thing, as serious as the fiscal cliff which we narrowly avoided going over at the start of the year. >> now is not the time to panic but it's growing in concern. it seems to be clear that congress is making no move to solve the sequestration issue. >> congress and the white house have until next friday to get a deal done. of course, stay with news 4 for continuing coverage of the sequestration showdown as that march 1st deadline approaches. we will be here for you even when you can't watch. get the latest information at nbc
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worried. >> pentagon officials laid out the uncertainty and pain that sequestration would create. >> it would be catastrophic. >> congress can change the laws and make things easier. >> but there is little faith that congress will break its current bad habits. >> that is good for the people. so -- >> sequestration could have a major impact on companies that do business with the pentagon. business is big and small that employ tens of thousands of people in this region. as to the possible furlough employees would be given a 30- day notice before they go into affect. abc7 news. >> and we will have another look at the sequestration impact on our area. how these cuts could be one part of a larger hit for families. >> 5 people have been arrested in connection with monday's shooting death of a suitland high school student. he is one of six teenagers killed with gun violence this year. good evening, brad. >> good evening leon. it has been a horrible run of violence in prince for discounted. 15-year-old charles michael walker jr. was gunned down monday. and today there has been an arrest
on your screen now! ♪ lou: veterans are expressing outrage at the pentagon's new metal to honor drone pilots in troops engaged in cyber warfare far from the battlefield. this new model called the distinguished warfare metal actually has a higher ranking and the bronze star and, of course, the purple heart medals given for bravery and in the case of the purple heart commodes in battle. the pentagon says the metal reflects the changing nature of warfare in the 21st century. the veterans groups say something else. i will repeat it here. my next guest wrote an investigative report on the september 11th attack at the u.s. consulate in libya. among the shocking claims, currency to five current cia nomination john burnett plans to raise that may have lead to retaliation and benghazi and the death of four americans. former u.s. navy seal. former u.s. army ranger, green beret. authors of the new e-book entitled benghazi, the definitive report. >> a situation where the u.s. unit's ad agencies were operating in benghazi. a lot of cases not communicating with each other. special operations comman
is denying the allegations. >>> today the pentagon will give us a sense much just how crippling the sequestration might be. will tell congress of the plan to furlough as many as 700,000 civilian empyees. they would be forced to take one day off per week without pay starting in april. that's if congress and the white house failed to -- avoiding billions of dollars in spending cuts taking effect on march 1st. they have until then to reach a deal. stay with news 4 for complete coverage of every twist and turn in the sequestration showdown. we're posting updates at nbcwashington.com to stay up to speed even when you can't watch on air. >>> the suggestion joe biden made during a town hall on gun control that could leave people off guard. plus, what is taking place right now at the scene of a gas station that leveled the popular restaurant. >>> this morning, tiger is talking. what he says about the president's golf game. >>> a big chill in the air this morn >>> weather and traffic on the 1s. good morning. at 6:11. we've got a cold wind blowing in out of the north and west. temperature
without pay. the warning was aimed at defense department workers at the pentagon and around the world. secretary panetta sent them a written message, as he left for a nato defense ministers meeting in brussels. in it, he said there are limited options for coping with the looming across-the-board cuts. and, he said: >> on our civilians it will be catastrophic. >> woodruff: within hours, top pentagon officials were out, saying employees could lose one day of work per week for 22 weeks. civilians will experience a 20 percent decrease in their pay between late april and september. as a result, many families will be forced to make difficult decisions on where their financial obligations lie. >> reporter: the furloughs could start in late april and save roughly $5 billion. uniformed personnel at war would be exempt, but in a letter to congress, panetta wrote that the spending cuts will slow training and the procurement of weapons. the result, he said, will be a hollow force. the nation's top military leader had said as much last week at a senate hearing on the automatic cuts. chair of the j
means more than $1 trillion ripped from the federal budget over a decade. the pentagon announced tell it would absorb the blow. >> the defense department faces enormous budgetary uncertainty. >> economists warn that sequestration will hit the entire metro area, possibly more than any other region. department of agriculture employee charles says that it could impact meatpacking plants. >> we will have to be frugal. >> that means less tax revenue for jurisdictions. another impact? fewer riders and less revenue for metro. >> federal workers will have less disposable income. >> a new factor in the payroll tax increase, up $5.5 billion from reduce procurement spending, that is a whopping $13 billion out of the metro area economy. >> it has already crippled the economy in the sense that it has stopped moving. >> even non-government workers are worried. >> it could be bad news. >> and now congress is on break and president obama spent the weekend hanging out with tiger woods. however, there are a lot of people optimistic that the white house and congress will get down to business and come up
, half from the pentagon, half from nondefense programs. everything from education to national parks to meals on wheels. exempt from the cuts, programs like social security and veterans' benefits and student loans. the administration warns federal food inspectors would be temporarily furloughed. that could mean less product, higher prices and fewer jobs. air travelers may see longer lines at security checkpoints. by one congressional estimate, as many as 9,000 tsa officers may have to be laid off. the pentagon budget would be cut 11% a year, even as the war in afghanistan continues. d.o.d. civilian workers will likely take the hit. plans call for more than 700,000 to take one day off a week without pay, a 20% pay cut. jason mckenzie owns ride on bikes in columbus, georgia, home to fort benning. military employees make up half his business so smaller paychecks could mean fewer sales. >> it's going to take money out of everybody's pocket, everything will crash. everybody will stop spending, everybody. >> reporter: one of the ripple effects of gridlock in washington felt far beyond the
's faith-based groups to work together to try to stop the violence. >>> today the pentagon warned hundreds of thousands of civilian workers that they are likely to lose one day of week of work for the foreseeable future if the sequester takes effect, those furloughs would begin in april. jennifer johnson is on capitol hill with a story that affects a lot of people in our area. jennifer? >> that's right, jim. the clock is ticking the congress has just about -- just a bit over a week to come up with some kind of budget deal. if that does not happen, these cuts go into effect automatically, which will have a huge impact on the pentagon. the defense department will take the biggest hit if congress can't come up with a budget deal and the so-called sequester, $85 billion in across the board, automatic spending cuts goes into effect by law. >> i think we're going to have serious readiness effects. i don't know where we're going to get the money. these are legally binding requirements. >> panetta said the vast majority of the debt's 800,000 civilian workers will have to be furloughed one day a we
. >>> the pentagon is also sounding an alarm about sequestration. it's telling congress that hundreds of thousands of federal employees could face furloughs if no deal is reached. here is more from capitol hill. >> reporter: the fight over $1.2 trillion in across the board spending cuts set to begin march 11 is it is raging on. today it's the pentagon's turn to warn congress. more than 7,000 employees would take a pay cut. yesterday president obama blamed republicans for holding up a deal. the president said they could lose their jobs. >> these cuts are not smart, they are not fair, they will hurt our economy. >> reporter: president obama wants to reduce the cuts with new revenue. house speaker john boehner says the debate is closed. >> republicans are not comfortable with the cuts but they want to see spending cuts implemented. >> reporter: lawmakers on home at recess are feeling the pinch. >> the american people expect us to get serious about this and we're serious about deficit reduction. >> reporter: a new deficit reduction plan bier have got to get out of that plan. >> reporter: it calls for
the allegationsment. >>> 4:33 now. this could be a tense day for pentagon employees. the defense department will tell congress about its plan to furlough civilian workers if the cuts take effect. more than 700,000 defensivelyian employees could be forced to take one day a week off without pay. that's the equivalent of a 20% pay cut. the notices would likely be sent out late next month. the furloughs would begin in late april. >>> it isn't just government workers feeling the effects of the billions of dollars in cuts. private businesses like catering companies will had also be hurt. conferences and meetings with agencies and firms could be can semd or scaled back. many of the business owners are taking a wait and see approach. >> it's unknown. this is something new to us. we've seen it all in washington. but this would be new to us. i really couldn't tell you the impact until it actually happens. >> congress and the white house have until next friday to get a deal done. stay with news 4 for continuing coverage of the sequestration showdown as the march 1st deadline approaches. when you can't watch, yo
are to buy the pentagon didn't show you any video of things that miss. that is bad pr. and the percentage of weapons that were smart weapons in the first gulf war but infinitely more than anything the iraqis had was remarkably small compared to the impression the pentagon gave them a military briefing for the alicia pictures of smart bombs and smart missiles and things fly into windows. that was the percentage actually expended. so i don't think this is a revolution in military affairs so much as a vivid demonstration of just how proficient the united states was in waging war, especially can do this proficient adversary. but it also is a military affairs in a fundamentalist about is the car still has a boat here and the ultimate goal of the conflict was a political goal and therefore the military plan made that involve smart and weapons were designed with a traditional military conclusion, which in truth is not revolutionary at all, getting the enemy to do what she wanted. i can't see it as fares. and getting assigned from the back right of time, but i do want to give -- >> yet, let randy
. today secretary of defense leon panetta notified congress of the pentagon's plan to furlough 700,000 civilian employees, who, beginning in april, will be required to take one day off per week. in essence, a 20% pay cut. as for the current political geist, this seems to be more about political positioning rather than prevention. this afternoon, the president will sit down with local tv anchors to explain the adverse effects of the coming cuts. meanwhile, speaker john boehner is out with an op-ed in today's "wall street journal" entitled "the president is reigning against a budget crisis he created." the same budget crisis speaker boehner and 173 of his house republicans voted for back in 2011. as a reminder, this is how he described the deal at the time. >> you know, i got 98% of what i wanted. i'm pretty happy. >> what is making speaker boehner unhappy with the present situation? quote, no one should be talking about raising taxes when the government is still paying people to play video games, giving folks free cell phones, and buying $47,000 gre cigarette-smoking machines. joini
the board spending cuts. >> reporter: today, there's a new warning from the pentagon, they say more than 700,000 civilian workers would have to take one day off without pay a week. one day after president obama continued his plea to the public and to congress saying that this is going to be devastating for the economy, he wants congress to act and it comes one day after a bipartisan commission released a new plan that would detail $2.4 trillion cuts over 12 years. mara? >> thank you. >>> we'll have more on those budget cuts and other political stories later in the show. >>> he was being considered for a big show, but now general john allen has announced that he's retired. he completed 19 months as top commander in afghanistan, instead of taking the new job, he'll retire to help his wife deal with health issues. here's your "first look" at the dish of scrambled politics americans still don't like congress very much. 15% approve of the job that the lawmakers are doing, up one point from last month. >>> deanny hoyer said that the 2016 presidential race is easy to predict, if hillary clinton dec
running out, cuts would affect the pentagon and other departments, although some would argue that it coincides with a military drawdown in afghanistan. congress is investigating a $100-million shortfall in the department of labor's job corps program. that program helps low-income youth with job training and placement, and was founded by president lyndon johnson. the program is currently suspending enrollment for at least the next five months. the department of labor says it attempted to reduce operating costs, but the savings were not enough. the department tells us: 'job corps is conducting an exhaustive review of its current operating costs in order to make changes to ensure that program costs are sustainable in the future." a massive strike of india's workforce is expected to begin today. trade unions are organizing the strike, which includes millions of workers from the country's banking and manufacturing sectors, among others. workers are calling for a higher minimum wage and better implementation of the country's labor laws. it's expected the strikes will ripple through
line supply although no critical services have been super bowled yet. and the pentagon has -- vice president interrupted yet. reporting live mike hellgren wjz eyewitness news. >>> congress has not been able to agree on cyber security laws. there are so many attacks trying to prevent e them all is futile. >>> police in wichita say explosion at a lottery winners party was caused by drug use. three adults and two children were in the home at the time. one of the adults suffered second-degree burns. two brothers through the party to celebrate their $75,000 winning ticket. one of the brothers has been arrested on possession charges. >>> royal watchers got their first public glimpse of kate middleton's baby bump. the duchess made her first solo appearance since her pregnancy was announced in september. when kate left, two children presented her with flowers as the crowd cheered. the royal child is due sometime in july. >>> and things were sizzling at cam don yards tonight thanks to a former oriole and bacon. rick dempsey's brew pub and restaurant was
the sequester. that the cuts will take effect for a short period of time. the pentagon is going with congress to say that they are likely go to furlough more than 700,000 employees if these cuts were to take effect. it's basically going to be a 20% pay cut for those employees. and that's going to trickle down into the economy. now that announcement comes one day after president obama called on congress to act. >>> vice president joe biden is offering up advice on the best way to defend yourself in you with a firearm. in a facebook meeting tuesday, biden talked about the white house efforts to restrict the size of ammunition clips and other proposals. during that chashgts biden said the best thing foreprotection is a shotgun. >> put that double-barrel shotgun and fire two blasts outside the house. i promise you, whoever is coming in is not going to -- you don't need an ar-15. it's harder to aim. it's harder to use. and in fact, you don't need 30 rounds to protect yourself. buy a shotgun. >> buy a shotgun. all right. biden said he keeps two shotguns locked up at home and he's told his wife jill
. getting deals on pentagon contractors. >>> a day after burger king says twitter account was hacked, jeep says the same thing. cadillac is owned by chrysler. jeep is not the only corporation reporting cyber attacks. apple says some of its macintosh computers were attacked. >> the cash strapped postal service is trying its hand at side action. starting this fall, they will launch a clothing line. the apparel and accessories will be called rain, heat and snow. technology to create smart apparel also known as wearable electronics. jackets with i pod controls built into the sleeves. i like it. may i also say i went to the united states post office yesterday in the bethesda yesterday. met a wonderful gentleman, bernie. he's been trying to craft a perfect tony and tucker question. we love the united states post office. >>> still ahead in our next half hour, a dire warning from the white house. might it be a little too late however? >> and we're going to sit down with our team for a look at why a deal to stop the sequester probably won't happen. >> but first an american in saint peters seat? wha
impact. >> reporter: the pentagon laying it out in stark terms. 800,000 civilian workers will face 1 day-a-week furloughs starting next week and the following 22 weeks. >> those affects would be felt in this area disproportionately because we have so many military bases and contractors. >> reporter: the professor, executive and resident at american university expects that if furloughs do happen, government contractors will continue to pay their mortgage, their car payments and other essential bills. as they learn to lyolyses, there will be a trickle-down -- learn to live on less, there will be a trickledown effect. >> it happens more and more. >> we don't know. >> we don't know. the uncertainty is making everyone nervous. >> air traffic controllers and airport security will see cutbacks, which means more delays at airports across the country. thousands of teachers and educators will be laid off. >> reporter: the cuts will hit maryland hard. a direct hit on the state's vibrant biotech industry. maryland senator barbara mikulski toured an nih lab wednesday learning what the $1.5 billion in
furloughs. our pentagon correspondent barbara starr has one worker's stories. she's joining us. barbara? >> wolf, we've heard about this fancy washington word sequester for months now. what does it really mean? it means for hundreds and thousands of federal workers trying to figure out how to live on less. maintaining fighter jets and warships at the ready, providing care at military hospitals, crucial military functions done by some 800,000 civilian workers. now the pentagon has told congress these workers will be forced to stay home one day a week without pay if mandatory spending cuts are not averted. >> everybody is waiting to hear. it's definitely become the new "f "word here. furlough. >> for federal workers it will mean painful decisions. peter is already making plans. >> i'll pay those core bills. i'll pay the mortgage and the utilities and then you live on what's left. >> the head of the government workers union says his people have already suffered. >> already these employees have suffered a 27-month pay freeze. now a 20% pay cut. >> the impact of a one day a week furlough for
that could make getting around just tricky at times. we'll have the details coming up. >>> the pentagon notified congress today of some of the steps that will become necessary if the automatic spending cuts go into effect march 1st. most of the pentagon 800,000 civilian workers will be furloughed one day a week. defense secretary panetta sent notice to workers that all affected employees would be notified at least 30 days ahead of any of those planned furloughs. he warned the ridge i had nate and scale of these cuts would result in what he called a serious erosion of readiness. meanwhile, in his first major address, secretary of state john kerry warmed that the looming cuts would -- >> my credibility as a diplomat working to help other countries, create order, is strongest when america at last puts its own fiscal house in order. that has to be now. >> he added it's hard to tell other countries' leaders they have to resolve their economic issues if america doesn't solve their own. >>> sequestration could cost the city millions. saying the city could take a 50 million hit, and he says the
in the city. >> today the pentagon informed hundreds of thousands of civilians how they will be impacted. jennifer johnson on capitol hill with that part of the story. >> good afternoon, jim. congress has just over a week to come up with a deficit reduction plan. if not, these cuts will go into effect which will greatly impact the pentagon. . the defense department will take the biggest hit if congress can't come up with a budget deal and the so-called sequester, $85 billion in across the board automatic spending cuts goes into effect by law. >> i think we'll have serious readiness effects. these are legally binding limits. we will have to cut back on training significantly. >> in a letter to congress, defense secretary leone panetta said the vast majority of the department's 800,000 civilian workers will have to be furloughed one day a week. in essence a 20% pay cut. new secretary of state john kerry warned of global consequences. >> in these days of looming budget sequester, that everyone actually wants to avoid, or most, we can't be strong in the world unless we are strong at home. >>
. they are also hacking pentagon contractors. >> when it hit the defense and steal documents, word documents, powerpoint documents, when they hit the private sector blue chip companies that are doing mergers and acquisitions, we see targeted threats against the e-mail. >> the democratic chair said this clearly demonstrates a need to pass cyber security legislation as soon as possible. >> in less than two hours, we will hear from president barack obama's new secretary of state. john kerry will talk about president obama's investments in foreign policy. after he addresses students and teachers, he'll sit down with the president at the white house this afternoon. >> president obama issues a dire warning just over a week before the dreaded budget sequester kicks in. if a deal isn't reached in congress, fox's doug luzader has the latest. >> reporter: tony, good morning. no one really expected we would be here. the sequester was designed to be unpleasant for democrats and republicans. doesn't look like they are going to be able to stop it. >> summoning first responders to the white house painting
be furloughed unless congress can come to an agreement by march 1st. the pentagon notifies congress today of its large-scale furlough plan should those cuts kick in. >>> let's head to wall street. jackie deangelis is at the new york stock exchange. >> good morning, natalie. another day, another cyber attack. this time on apple. authorities believe that the hackers that targeted facebook last week use d the same softwae to attack the mac computers of apple employees. all this, of course, coming on the heels of chrysler, jeep and burger king saying their twitter accounts were attacked. >>> meanwhile it isn't 1999 but investors are sure partying like it is, after nasdaq hit an all-time high. >>> generating some buzz after a facebook town hall chat with parents' magazine and a discussion focusing on joe biden's gun control efforts. >> if you want to protect yourself, get a double barrel shotgun. you don't need an ar-15. buy a shotgun. buy a shotgun. >> vice president says he has two shotguns of his own at his home in delaware. those dash cam videos from russia never seem to disappoint. take a look,
including cost support options, call 1-888-xarelto or visit goxarelto.com. >>> the pentagon is warning today of drastic civilian cutbacks under the automatic budget cuts set for march 1st. our pentagon correspondent barbara starr is standing by with more on that story. what are they saying? >> well, you know, fredricka, we've been hearing for weeks about this fancy word around washington called sequester. what are we really talking about? layoffs at the pentagon, cutbacks in military spending, but it is the layoffs that are going to start if this budget cut problem is not solved, if congress cannot avert mandatory spending cuts. what the pentagon did is notify congress, are some 800,000 civilian workers are facing one day of furlough for the next 22 weeks. it is going to start hitting an awful lot of people right in the pocketbook. i want you to have a quick listen to one of the pentagon officials that explained some of the impact today. >> the effects of sequestration and the continuing resolution on our military personnel will be devastating. but on our civilians, it will be catastrophic.
mitchell reports," the chopping block. nine days to go and with no budget deal, the pentagon announces upcoming furloughs for 700,000 civilian employees. >>> as his first speech as secretary of state today, john kerry issued a warning about the budget impasse. >> the looming days of budget sequester that everyone actually wants to avoid, or most, we can't be strong in the world unless we are strong at home. my credibility as a diplomat working to help other countries create order is strongest when america at last puts its own fiscal house in order, and that has to be now. >>> mending fences. president obama calls marco rubio and lindsey graham to talk immigration reform as john mccain faces an angry town hall at home. >> i'd like to respond to any questions or comments or insults that you may have. >> believe me, that is only the beginning. wait until you see what happens next. >>> joe biden being biden. the vice president's frank advice to parents on self defense and gun control. >> if you want to protect yourself, get a double-barrel shotgun. you don't need an ar-15. it's harder to a
that americans are com play september about defense cuts and cutting the pentagon. does that make it harder to sway republicans? >> i would point you to what republicans have said about sequester on national security and on our defense readiness. it is a fact that it affects deployment, it affects -- it would have negative impacts on army readiness, it imposes cuts to air force flying hours. i think that is a concern to all americans who worry about our national defense. but it would also, again, result in 0,000 kids getting kicked off of head start. it would rezurlt to cuts in mental health services to children. it would have cuts to teachers and to mental health care. that is to just name a few. to the jobs of first responders and others who would be affected by this. the reason why the list is so long because the sequester was written to be broad and, therefore, not to become policy. we call on congress to take reasonable and appropriate action, to pass legislation that would buy down the sequester, postpone the sequester with a package of spending cuts and revenue increase. we're makin
: i'mture chuck hagel would like one of those pentagon-brewed beers. let's talk about hagel. he is calling for cuts to the defense budget. republicans have just skewed him with it. and how will he do with that? >> there is some concern in how chuck hagel will work with those on capitol hill. you have heard the chairman of the house armed services committee say he doesn't want chuck hagel to be confirmed. he think president obama needs to put up someone new. but it is likely he will be confirmed in a very hostile, tense environment where he is working in the constraints of the military. >> michael: and you can see it happening. juana summers defense reporter for "politico." thanks for being in "the war room." >> thank you. >> michael: up next, when last we left the meddling koch brothers their scheme to overtake democracy has been foiled. but they were bound to pop up again in the next season. stick around. you would rather deal with ahmadinejad than me. >>absolutely. >> and so would mitt romney. (vo) she's joy behar. >>and the best part is that current will let
is the pentagon's turn to warrant congress. more than 700,000 ciliate employes would take one day off a week without pay. president obama blamed republicans for holding up a deal. the president said emergency responders could lose their jobs. >> these cuts are not fair and it will hurt our economy. >> john boehner said the revenue debate is now closed. >> republicans are not comfortable with these defense cuts. >> lawmakers are feeling the pinch. >> this is a missed opportunity to show we're serious about deficit reduction. >> a new plant would cut the deficit over 10 years. >> both camps have to get out of their comfort zone and make these tough decisions. >> lawmakers are not likely to accept the plan. it does appear at this time that the sequester would take effect. danielle leigh, wbal-tv 11 news. >> 6:08. 32 degrees at the airport. an airline will upgrade their in-flight entertainment. >> and historic block in kansas city goes up in flames. >> another day in court for oscar pistorius, accused of murdering his girlfriend. what authorities say they found inside his home. >> i am live at t
warnings later today about the financial dangers of sequestration. the pentagon will warn congress that it will furlough many of its 800,000 civilian workers if the sequestration takes effect on march 1st. the president has asked congress to delay the automatic budget cuts. nld and coming up today, lance armstrong is expected to come clean under oath about his use of performance-enhancing drugs. for more than a decade armstrong adamantly denied that he ever used banned banned substances. the u.s. anti-doping agency wants blacklist in an effort to restore cycling. >>> a repairman of a water company is expected to be okay after being hit by a car. this accident all caught on camera. two workers were standing in the middle of the road in missouri, shutting off a water valve when a minivan drove through the intersection. one worker was able to jump out of the way, but the other one was hit. the driver did stop at the scene and is not going to be charged. but some incredible video to pass along to you this morning. >> horrible accident. >>> right now 4:54 on this wednesday morning. le
on wbaltv.com, on our facebook page, or send us an e-mail to watercooler@wbaltv.com. >> the pentagon will notify congress of its plan to furlough employees. more than 700,000 will be required to take one day off per week without pay if sequestration kicks in. >> maryland could be impacted most by sequestration. >> howard county officials are bracing. 50,000 officials hold positions that could be affected by the in. that can agaikick >> it will be devastating. it is not just the big contractors. it is also the small ones. >> calling on congress to get a deal done. the obama administration plans to stop cyber stealing. >> hallie jackson has details. >> the obama administration will announce it is going after countries that spy on the u.s. by hacking. the u.s. wants more fines as part of an aggressive stance against cyber attacks, especially those from china. a chinese military unit was linked to years of stealing secrets on mine from the u.s. and private companies. china says they have nothing to do with the cyber attacks. >> what has the administration done so far? >> the president ha
information. they are also hacking pentagon contractors. >> when they hit the defense industrial base, they steal documents, word documents, power point documents, power point documents. when they hit the private sector blue chip american companies, we see more target threats against the e-mail. >> the democratic chair of the senate intelligence committee said, quote, this is a sobering public report. it clearly demonstrates the need to pass cybersecurity legislation as soon as possible. >> still ahead, the return of the wizards. >> that's right. plus, why rg iii took to twitter to defend his new commercial featuring the redskin star quarterback, coming up next.  every time someone chooses finish over cascade, it sparks a movement. because people can't keep it to themselves. look ! no ugly spots ! awesome! incredible shine. i'm switching for good. love, love, love finish! over a million people have switched to finish. visit us on facebook. >>> the wizards and bradley beal of the game. before the game, beal received an award as the eastern conference rookie of the month
get it worse? i worked in the pentagon. it would have made it a lot better. so we realized you really have to go after the people who do the work, people who do logistics, communications, pass information, do car bombs, you have to take those out. we came up with a strategy, philadelphia would love this. it is like rocky balboa and apollo creed. we'll hit them in the midsection and hit them a lot. from august of 2004 when we did 18 raids, two years, later, same month, same force, same fight, we were doing 300 raids a month. that was ten a night. now, if you stop and you say, well, ten a night, that's a lot, that's impressive. that means every raid guy on the force is going on a raid at least one raid every night. every pilot's flying one or 2:00 raids every night. and these raids are not patrols. this is not with foot, these are going in the door, somebody is getting shot. extraordinary, and to do that though you can't use previous systems. one you've got to be able to bring in this intelligence on an industrial scale. you have got to be able -- we got to the point where instead of th
the military and i wonder if those people standing behind them are from the pentagon. i don't want anybody to lose their job. but it is interesting that the comments did focus on the members of military. >> brian: $85 billion and $1.2 trillion in the next ten years and half of that money comes out the have the pentagon. i think republicans agreed with it but this is thrust postpone us. it was over a year we knew about at the questions terrify. why weren't we negotiating through december and then you have january and here we are couple weeks away and the president is going with this shame attack followed by speaker boehner, your solution to get us to raise taxes after we agreed to raise taxes. now, they say the rich have to pay their fair share again. maybe we should focus on facebook who paid no money in taxes last year or g.e. who did exactly the same thing. >> gretchen: it works last time. shaming the republicans worked. they decided to raise taxes and in the public image and public opinion it worked last time to blame reopens. why wouldn't you try it again? a lot of people say like a ca
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